Pueo in repose

A pueo perches on a branch. The Hawaiian short-eared owl, endemic to the Islands, is unlike most owls in that it is diurnal. Once widespread, scientists now suspect pueo populations are declining due to loss of habitat, predation by introduced mammals and disease. Mortality on Kaua‘i has been attributed to ‘sick owl syndrome,’ which may be related to pesticide poisoning or food shortages, according to Hawai‘i’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy.


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